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Dave DBass


Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Violin, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Other, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocalist - Alto.


Originally from Edinburgh, classically trained in piano, cello and double bass as a youngster. High points of that career were several appearances at Edinburgh’s prestigious Usher Hall – the ‘exposure’ of such a large auditorium has stood me in good stead for future public performances.

Typically rebelling as a mid-teen against the discipline of the classical regime, acquired first bass at seventeen, a Westone Thunder 1a. The bass-playing of The Stranglers’ JJ Burnel provided a starting point, and after bravely filing down the frets under the upper strings, Im happily playing the same instrument today, some thirty years later. Strings by Vinci, amplification provided by a Trace Elliot GP7SM130.

Dabbling and mucking about with various musicians on the Edinburgh scene during the eighties, I didn’t start gigging until the mid nineties after traveling in Europe and settling in the West of Ireland. There I played in the trio The Elusive Blues Pirates; original material plus Hendrix, ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy, Rory Gallagher and Cream amongst others.

Returning to the UK in 2000, played with a few moderately unsuccessful bands, the most recent being a very successful venture, the Borderline Blues Band. I also managed the band’s internet presence, photography, sound recordings and designed the BBB logo.

Available now, would prefer to be part of a mostly original material band, or tribute. 3 piece line-up is my favourite. Flexible, but need to make decent money! fruitbats at dot com

Screen name:
Dave DBass
Member since:
Sep 12 2009
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
50 to 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week


So many, 1930s onwards, mostly 60s & 70s. The stalwarts include: Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, MSG, Cream, ZZ Top, Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind, Van Der Graaf, Stranglers, Talking Heads and including more recent stuff such as Chilli Peppers, Ozric Tentacles Rage Against the Machine. Have done Johnny Cash (a joke gone wrong) and some quite gentle stuff too.


Lean and mean: Trace Elliot GP7SM130 combo with customised Westone fretted 4-string, and Westone fretless which I hardly play tbh. Recently acquired a multi FX box, but prefer the pure sound! Transport.